Sagebrush Days Parade

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:17 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:00 PM ]

Lions club parade float
Last year's first place parade winner

Plan now for the annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair on Saturday, April 16th. This year's parade theme is "Old Stories of San Miguel" starting at 10:00 A.M. along Mission Street in downtown San Miguel.

An old west "Fast Draw Shoot-Out" exhibition will be new to the event, sponsored by the newly opened Station 3 Internet Cafe where they will also offer BBQ fare. *Click here for a detailed shoot-out flyer. Please feel free to participate and dress up in your own western gear. For questions call Lori at 805-467-2878 or 712-4032.

Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce are *invited to register for a booth now. Booth space is $25 per 12x8 ft. or $40 for two. For fair information call Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120.

Start planning your parade entry now to make this our best parade ever! *Click here for the entry form. See parade photos from years past for ideas.

For more info call Fire Chief Roland Snow at 805-391-0137. Special thanks to the San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters and the many community partners sponsoring the parade!

Eileen Rogers 
Health Educator Award

Eileen Rogers works with students
Eileen Rogers works with students at Lillian Larsen School

Eileen Rogers was presented the CAHPERD HEALTH EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2011 AWARD by Kristen Ring, Vice President of Health and Dr. David Hey, Vice President Elect of Health and Director of STRIDE at Cal Poly SLO.*Click here to read the presenter's speech in its entirety or enjoy the following excerpt:

Thirty four and one half years ago, in 1976 …. Mrs. Eileen Rogers dedicated herself to a career in health and physical education in Pasadena, moved to North San Luis Obispo County in 1978 to continue her dream. As a stalwart proponent of these two fields of science (albeit in their adolescence), Eileen had a true vision and passion that has led us here today to celebrate all she has done for our profession.

To cover Eileen’s accomplishments and accolades in the field, I am in complete awe and astonishment that one person could accomplish as much as she has in such a short time ---- and done it with such complete and utter compassion for the field. Did I say field? I didn’t mean that one!

It’s a moot point to list all the hats Eileen has so masterfully worn, but as a premier wife, mother, athletic director, director of the Buzz Marathon at Camp Roberts, coach, physical education teacher, health teacher, AVID Coordinator/teacher, health clerk (in her spare time), liaison with DELAC, Lions Club, San Miguel Resource Connection, SLOCOE Consultant for wellness policy writing, and S3 – Safe School Strategies and a few more.

State-wide Eileen has served as SLO County CAHPERD President, Committee Member for the Elementary Physical Education Workshop (EPEW) – and is directing this year, Executive Board Member on the Council on Physical Education for Children (CPEC) and earned a Bronze Medal teacher of the year from the Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sport in 2010. She has been teacher of the year in her school district, Woman of the Year for SLO County honored by Cuesta College, and numerous accolades from San Miguel Lions Club.

But that’s not all …. Eileen, known as the “Hornet Queen” is also the Safe, Disciplined, Drug-Free, Violence Free Communities Coordinator who takes time to work with the Sheriff’s Department Community Resource Officer for 5th grade DARE and 8th grade TEEN SURVIVAL SKILLS, and the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Department, when they request her expertise service.

For all the runners out there; she has been forced, albeit prematurely; to hang up her running shoes and take to the pool where she water jogs and does aqua aerobics six days a week, yet always finds time to direct the Buzz Marathon – the only financial support of the athletic programs at Lillian Larsen School for K-8th grade athletes in cross country, track and field, boys and girls volleyball, and boys and girls basketball. Please congratulate this year’s CAHPERD Health Educator of the Year Eileen Rogers!

San Miguel 
Mercantile Opens

San Miguel Mercantile store sign
San Miguel Mercantile sign cheerfully welcomes shoppers inside the new store

The San Miguel Mercantile developed out of the idea that San Miguel might appreciate a shop that offered local talent a venue for showcasing their arts and crafts. Besides the intention to share the creativity of San Miguelians with the community at large, we also thought it would be nice to eventually offer classes at the mercantile. So if interested artists, crafters and writers from this area have any desire to teach others their secrets, we will encourage them to, right here at the mercantile, on afternoons and evenings.Classes to be announced after June 2011.

The mercantile idea came to us as a result of my regular visits to my mother (Bea Stanley), over summer break  who lives in Humbolt County and is a scion of the prodigious art community of Northern Cal. It was she who recommended we stop on our way home at Ferndale, an adorable Victorian town just an hour or so south of her domain. We fell in love with its wonderful Golden Gait Mercantile and ever since dreamed of owning a mercantile of our own. Well, the dream came true.

The San Miguel Mercantile, besides artistry, also offersheritage seeds (non-GMO affected and ready for re--seeding) by Baker Creek and Seeds of Change, gift cards and gift items, quilts, yarns and natural fiber fabrics as well as collectible furnishings for the home. We alsotake consignments and our future plans include sales of Republic of Teas (organic teas) and fresh spices.

We're open most weekdays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 pm located at 1141 Mission Street in downtown San Miguel. Contact Mike Sanders at (805) 712-9120 during weekdays, and Miki Landseadel on Saturdays at (805) 975-6996.  -story submitted by Miki Landseadel and Mike Sanders

Church Start Invites Community

Refuge Church in San Miguel

Refuge Church, an affiliate of Refuge Church Atascadero, is inviting residents to attend their new venue for worship in San Miguel. Ronnie and his wife Michelle Godfrey are excited to be in ministry here.  “We see this community that is rich in culture, we love to drive around and see families spending time together in their yards and with their neighbors. San Miguel is a very friendly warm community, the people have welcomed us with open arms and we feel so thankful to be here.”

The Godfrey’s and many others prayed for three years for San Miguel before the church doors were opened. Currently Ronnie is teaching through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday Mornings. Ronnie says, “it’s good to back in San Miguel as I graduated from 8th Grade at Lillian Larsen, class of 1976. I love it here!” His heart is to see every person in San Miguel come into a relationship with Jesus.

Ronnie and Michelle look forward to meeting new friends in San Miguel and are blessed to be a part of this community. Refuge Church has something for everybody, including the Spanish community. Aldo Soto and his wife Becky minister to the Spanish speaking communityevery Friday Evening. The Soto’s are also very grateful for the opportunity to share the love of God with the San Miguel community.

Refuge Church is actually on 13th street, but the address is 6599 #6 Mission Street. They invite you to join them on Sunday Mornings for Service in English at 9:30 a.m. or for Spanish Service every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry is available at both services.

If you would like more information about Refuge Church please call 805-423-4692 or logon to our website or you can also find us on Facebook. - story and photo submitted by Michelle Godfrey